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Thai lemongrass tea in glasses with ice.

How to Make Thai Lemongrass Tea

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  • Author: Suwanee
  • Total Time: 13
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Learn how to make Thai lemongrass tea (น้ำตะไคร), a simple Thai drink with an invigorating citrusy flavor and abundant health benefits. This lemongrass and ginger tea is a delightful addition to your repertoire, whether savor it hot on a chilly day or relish it over ice during the scorching summer months. Only 4 ingredients needed!


  • 4 large stalks of lemongrass, cut into 4-inch pieces and bruised with the back of a kitchen knife.
  • 2 knobs of ginger, roughly bruised, using the back of a knife
  • 1/4 cup sugar. Use more or less as desired.
  • 5 cups water


Sip Your Way to Health with Lemongrass Tea in 2 versions- Serve it as iced or hot tea, depending on your mood! Follow these simple steps to brew your tasty Thai lemongrass tea.

  1. Prepare the Lemongrass and ginger. Start by washing and chopping the fresh lemongrass stalks into smaller pieces, around 4-5 inch pieces. Smash the stalks with heavy kitchen objects like the back of a knife, a pestle, a meat tenderizer, or a roller for baking to help release their aromatic oils. Save the lemongrass leaves for garnishing at the end. 
  2. Add Lemongrass and ginger. Add lemongrass, ginger, and sugar to a stockpot. Then, pour water into the pot.  Set it on the stove for brewing next.
  3. Boil the Water. On high heat, bring the pot of water to a rolling boil. You'll need around 5 cups of water for a strong brew. Let the tea simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld longer if you prefer a strong-tasting tea.
  4. Strain the tea. After simmering, turn the heat off and strain the tea over a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher or a heat-safe container to allow the tea to cool. Discard the solids. 
  5. Enjoy Hot or Iced

1. For hot lemongrass ginger tea. Sip your Thai lemongrass tea while it's hot for a comforting and soothing experience. It's cozy and a great way to warm up during winter. 

2. For an Iced Thai lemongrass drink.  Let the tea cool to room temperature for an iced version. After the tea has cooled off, pour the strained tea into serving glasses with ice, garnish, and enjoy a refreshing iced drink. Refrigerate any leftover tea. 

Garnishing options:

  •  Sweeten your tea with brown sugar, maple syrup, or sweetener.
  • Garnish with your favorite herbs, spices, or edible flowers. 
  • Add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice for an extra citrusy kick and a lemony aroma.
  • Enhance your lemongrass tea with mint leaves or a cinnamon stick for an extra layer of flavor.


    • Freeze your leftover lemongrass tea in ice cube trays for an even more enjoyable drink. Add 1/2 cup of lemonade or lime juice and allow the ice cubes to melt before enjoying it!
    • Leave the lemongrass as the main ingredient, but use different available ingredients. 
    • Lemongrass tea can also be made using tea bags or loose tea leaves with lemongrass extract.
    • Let the lemongrass and ginger steep in hot water for 10 minutes or longer to maximize the health benefits.
    • If you're using dried lemongrass, double up on the quantity, as dried lemongrass is not as potent or fresh in flavor. 

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    • Prep Time: 3 minutes
    • Cook Time: 10
    • Category: drinks
    • Method: stovetop
    • Cuisine: Thai